My Plan to 2015 Resolution Success
Monday, January 12, 2015
Firstly I can't believe it's freakin 2015. Secondly, I am a little late posting this! haha
During this amazing, crazy, and sometimes frustrating journey I have learned so many things about what works best for me to achieve my goals.
Planning. Small Steps.
When I started and decided I wanted to lose 138lbs...I also immediately felt defeated. 138lbs?!!? How the heck am I supposed to do that!? I'll never get there! So to help with the shock of having to lose THAT much weight I decided to make a little chart with 10lb increments that I filled in every time I reached 10lbs lost. It was surprising VERY exciting every time I got to fill that in! Instead of focusing on the large # of 138, I was determined to lose that 10lbs...then the next...next...so on.
Meal Planning/Prep- I stay on track with planning my meals a day or week ahead of time. That way I know exactly what I'm having, how many calories and so forth. Sometimes life gets in the way and I change it up because I wasn't in the mood for what was scheduled or something came up that I wasn't able to make a meal at home. I was just tired of being sooo lazy--- I'd see fruits and veggies in the fridge that I could have as a snack but didn't feel like cleaning and cutting. Seriously. Wow. Beyond lazy ! So I'd grab something more "convenient"...and usually less healthy. Now after I go food shopping on Sundays (after planning meals for the week--what to shop for) I cut, clean, and portion out everything so it's ready to GET IN MY BELLYYYYY!
So yea...that's just a few things that helped me so I'm continuing the trend of PLANNING HOW I will reach my goals. Listed below are my "Resolutions" and HOW I'm going to keep them.
--Meal Prep and Plan-- Continue what I'm doing currently. Planning each Sunday for the week. Food shopping for just those items.
--Reduce binge opportunities--This is a big struggle of mine. I've learned what my "trigger" foods are that I find it EXTREMELY hard to say no to MORE. What I mean by that is I can say no to Peanut M&Ms and brownies BUT if I have "just 1" ...that ALWAYS leads to a bazillion. And then I feel like shiz. So I'm going to prevent those binges from happening by allowing no "junk' Mon-Fri and on the weekends I'll try my best to limit. Now some may say, "why don't you just not eat ANY junk and prevent it all together?" Well...because I'd lose my mind and end up eating 2 bazillion lbs of peanut m&ms VS my 1 bazillion! haha
--Water water water--- Track all my water intake. I normally drink a lot of water anyway but I want to get into the habit of drinking 1cup before bed (its apparently good for your body while you sleep--I'll take that and the middle of the night pee) and 1Cup when I first wake in the morning.
--READ! My goal is to read 30books this year. I've been really slacking on my written word time and filling it with mindless tube time. Each night I'm going to bed by 9-930 and reading before going to sleep at 10-1030
-- Eat out only 2x per month. I waste sooo much money AND calories each month on eating at restaurants. So to save on both I'm limiting it to 2 per month. It'll give me something to look forward to, too!
--Money into savings- Stop unnecessary purchases. PAY WITH CASH! Then you can actually SEE your money leaving! haha
--Unplug and unwind- Between the phone, computer, social media...I feel like my face is always in a screen. 8pm all technology is off.
--Strength Training 3x / week- Work on getting lean. I've been a cardio freak for too long. I need some muscle!! I'm making a workout plan with routines, schedules and VARIETY!! Variety is very important so I don't get bored and give up.
--Set goals to stay on track-- Sign up for 5ks, set up "challenges" for myself...like be able to do X amount of pushups, run X for mile etc. Stay on track 80% of the time that way when I give myself that "cheat" I don't feel guilty!
So...that's how I WILL achieve and maintain this healthy and balanced new lifestyle! I'm excited and ready!!!